While people who were once obese or overweight go through massive weight loss for health reasons, the unfortunate side effect of all that weight loss is the remnant of the person that once was- in the form of loose, excess skin and fat around certain areas of the body.
When a person loses a lot of weight, what is left behind is excess skin that has lost its elasticity from being stretched out for too long of a period of time; younger people tend to have skin that is able to bounce back after massive weight loss better than people who are older and people who lose weight slower tend to achieve more taut skin at the end of their weight loss than a person who loses weight rather rapidly.
There are a few people who are lucky enough to have skin that has retained sufficient elasticity to allow skin to satisfactorily bounce back naturally in such a way that there is minimal to no excess skin or fat on the body. However, the majority of people who undergo massive weight loss will notice that there exists at least one area on their body that has excess skin and fat after losing the weight. Try as they might, these people will most likely find that no amount of post-weight loss exercise or dieting will reduce the presence of the excess skin and fat. It is for people like this- who have lost a lot of weight but do not have the sculpted, toned body that they desire at the end of their weight loss journey.
“Body contouring” describes a collection of cosmetic procedures that can be used to sculpt an aesthetically-pleasing body, especially after major weight loss. As the areas of the body that are most commonly affected by excess skin and fat are the abdominal region, the thighs, the arms, and the breasts
Making the Most Common Procedures Included in Body Contouring Surgeries:
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Thigh Lift
- Arm Lift
- Breast Lift
The reason that certain areas of the body, such as the tummy and thighs, are prone to the development of excess skin and fat after massive weight loss is that they tend to not only carry a good deal of fat cells, but also tend to be hard to work out effectively. By using liposuction, excess fat that exists in areas such as these after major weight loss can be eliminated. For some patients, liposuction alone may be enough to correct the bulk of their body contouring issues, but as most patients will also have experienced the development of excess skin, a “lift” procedure is often necessary. The purpose of these procedures, such as the arm or thigh lift, is to surgically excise this excess skin permanently, allowing the effective sculpting of a post-weight loss body.